Lee Cadesky, co-founder and COO of C-fu FOODS, presented his innovative startup at a live pitch competition for finalists in
the MAKO Student Innovation Award 2017 on April 3, 2017, and won out of 11 finalists.

C-fu FOODS is a business that brings a new approach to protein that comes from a more sustainable source, insects. Through our innovative process we’ve created a healthy meat replacement that helps you create culinary staples like burgers, schnitzel, or nuggets. It can also act as an alternative to eggs or butter, making it as adaptable as it is sustainable. It’s even a protein powder that you can whip it into a morning shake.MAKO winner and judges, 2017

The panel of esteemed judges included Ashutosh Jha, Co-Founder and Director of 180 Smoke, as well as the Director of Projects for the POA Educational Foundation; Ela Aldorsson, Co-Founder and Designer of Ela Handbags; James Chalmers, Group President and CEO of TACK10 Strategy; Tarek Sadek, Director of Entrepreneurship Education in Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering; and Somen Mondal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ideal.

The MAKO Student Innovation Award is a 10-year annual award of $10,500, created by a generous donation from MAKO Invent that was double-matched by the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Ryerson University. This 10-year partnership aims to support students involved in Ryerson’s Zone ecosystem and foster excellence and innovation in commercial product development and prototyping at Ryerson, while helping young entrepreneurs succeed. This was the second year of the award. The 2016 winner was HelpWear Tech, an at-home healthcare startup that developed the HeartWatch, a 24/7 wearable heart monitoring system that detects when the user suffers a heart attack, and contacts EMS.

One-Hop Kitchen, tomato sauce
All food photos taken from C-FU Foods’ website.